Dixie Heritage News – Friday, May 18, 2018




A judge has ruled the removal of three Confederate statues from public parks in Memphis, Tennessee, is legal.


Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle in Nashville ruled Wednesday that the relocation of statues of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Capt. J. Harvey Mathes from two city parks Dec. 20 didn’t violate state law.


The Tennessee Heritage Protection Act limits the removal or changing of historical memorials on public property. According two the Judge, City leaders used a legal loophole by selling the parks for $1,000 to a nonprofit, which swiftly removed the monuments.


The Sons of Confederate Veterans maintains that the removal of the statues was unlawful.




Nearly two weeks after a massive Confederate Battle Flag was raised in Orange County, commissioners approved a new flag ordinance on Tuesday night.


“It’s really a matter of scale. It’s not a matter of freedom of speech or freedom of expression. People can still fly their 4-by-6 flags. They can still tattoo a Confederate flag on their shoulder, put a bumper sticker on their car, whatever. It’s a specious argument to say it’s an attack on freedom of speech or expression,” said Orange County commissioner Mark Marcoplos.


Residential and commercial properties have separate regulations.


For residential properties, flags cannot exceed 24 square feet, must be set back 20 feet from the property line, and the flagpole cannot exceed 24 feet in height.


For commercial properties, flags cannot exceed 96 square feet, and flagpoles cannot exceed 54 feet in height.


Marcoplos acknowledged that the regulations were in response to a large Confederate flag’s placement. “We absolutely did do this in reaction to the specific flag controversy around these huge Confederate flags.” Marcoplos said.


Property owners will have one year to comply with the new flag guidelines.


Flagpoles that exceed the new standards will be allowed to stay in place.


Marcoplos noted the ordinance does not apply to flags that are painted onto the side of buildings, as that is considered artwork.


The ordinance also does not apply to any cities within Orange County, which are responsible for their own regulations and standards.




A distinctive peak near Lake Tahoe may not keep its controversial name much longer.


Alpine County supervisors have recommended that Jeff Davis Peak be renamed “Da-ek Dow Go-et,” a name proposed by the Hung-A-Lel-Ti Woodfords Washoe tribe. “Da-ek Dow Go-et” means “saddle between points.”


The proposed name change was made to the U.S. Board on Geographical Names, which has final say in the matter.


Jeff Davis Peak is a volcanic plug that rises from a treeless ridge in the Mokelumne Wilderness. Its shape is reminiscent of the the sandstone towers of Monument Valley in Arizona.


Supposedly settlers of nearby Summit City, a mining boom town that has long since disappeared, were Confederate sympathizers who named the peak after Jefferson Davis.


The U.S. Board on Geographical Names could still reject the name change if it deems it unjustified or discovers objections. But the support of the county commissioners for a name proposed by a local Native American tribe makes it more likely to be approved.


Alpine County also recommended the board change the name of another geographical landmark in the area – Squaw Ridge, near the Kirkwood Ski Resort. The supervisors endorsed the name “Hung-A-Lel-Ti Ridge,” honoring the Washoe tribal band of the same name.


Feminists consider the word “squaw” to be an ethnic and sexual slur, despite it being derived from a non-derogatory Algonquin word meaning the totality of being female.




There are some new additions to a historic cemetery in downtown Johnson City.
New metal crosses mark the grave sites of Confederate soldiers that are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.


They debuted in April when the SCV fixed the 62 CSA crosses in the ground with concrete so that they would be permanent, making the placing of the Flags much easier this year. The flags will stay on the graves until June 3rd, which is Confederate Memorial Day in Tennessee.


There will be a dedication ceremony for the new crosses this Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm at the cemetery.




A Nandua High School freshman, William Norman, claimed his teacher and principal asked him to redo a major art project one day before it was due because he painted a Confederate Flag on it. The project was a ceramic sculpture of a hand, with “Robert E. Lee, history not hate” scribed on it.


He said his teacher had a problem with his project, saying it promoted racism.


“I was going to do what I planned. They can’t approve it and then say you gotta change it after I worked so long on it. It’s not fair to me, or anybody,” said William.
William claimed his teacher had approved the design beforehand, but when he was close to completing it, she changed her mind.


The principal got involved, trying to do what’s right, but gave him a choice to repaint it the day before it was due or get an “F.”


William, his father, David Norman, and his mother who lives in Florida said they all stuck by the project because it promoted their heritage and deep roots in the south. “Robert E Lee was a third cousin,” said David. “We were on the second ship from England that came to America, so my bloodline goes way back when America first started,” William explained.


After William refused to repaint the project his mother in Florida called and got involved. Eventually, his dad, who he lives with on the Eastern Shore, also joined the discussion. Eventually, the school agreed with William, allowing his project to be displayed after multiple meetings.


We reached out the Accomack County Public School’s superintendent’s office but didn’t hear back.




The Missoulian reports 17-year-old Mitchell Ballas was suspended Tuesday after wearing the Confederate Flag themed sweatshirt to Big Sky High School every day since last week.


Ballas says he wears the sweatshirt to stand up for the Missoula students’ First Amendment rights.


Principal Natalie Jaeger says she can’t comment on matters related to specific students, but she noted that several students have been displaying the Flag on clothing and cars over the last month.


Unlike his classmates, Ballas would not lay down his Flag when asked.




Interns will soon be sprinting down the steps of the Supreme Court to deliver printouts of rulings to TV anchors, something of an annual tradition.


The justices heard their last arguments in April and will start issuing rulings next week in the most closely watched cases of the term, which ends in late June.


The justices often save the biggest decisions for last – and this year is no exception.


Here’s a look at the top five cases to watch as the term comes to a close.


Partisan gerrymandering


The case, Gill v. Whitford, was one of the first heard at the beginning of the term in October, but the justices have yet to release their opinion. The delay is likely due to the fact that the court agreed to hear a second partisan gerrymandering case of out Maryland later in the term.


In the second case, Benisek v. Lamone, it’s Republicans who are protesting a redistricting decision. GOP voters say Democratic election officials packed the Maryland’s 6th Congressional District with Democrats to ensure Rep. John Delaney (D) beat the Republican incumbent, who at the time was Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.


Wedding cake


The court also has yet to rule in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case centers on Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.


Phillips argues he can’t be forced to make the cake under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. He says his cakes are an artistic expression of free speech and religion that’s protected by the First Amendment.


Making a cake for a gay wedding, he says, would send the message that he supports same-sex marriage when he is morally opposed as a Christian.


The case is seen as the next big fight for LGBT rights after the justices’ landmark ruling in 2015 in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage.


“People in the LGBT community think this undermines Obergefell and LGBT rights if the court were to come down in favor of the baker,” said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond School of Law professor. “I think that’s an important question that’s at stake here.”


Civil rights advocates fear a ruling in favor of Phillips will give businesses a license to discriminate against LGBT people.


Sports betting


Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) could get a major win if the court sides with a challenge his state brought challenging a 1992 federal law that bans sports gambling in almost every state except Nevada.


During arguments, the justices appeared skeptical of the law.


The case, which was paired with another challenge from the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, could pave the way for legalized sports betting in states across the country.


The American Gaming Association in a friend of the court brief argued a legal sports-betting industry could generate up to $26.6 billion in total economic impact every year and support more than 150,000 well-paying American jobs.


Free speech and abortion


It’s a two-for-one in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, a lawsuit that pro-life pregnancy centers in California brought challenging a state law that requires licensed facilities to post information about where women can obtain a free or low-cost abortion from the state.


The law also requires unlicensed facilities to notify women that they do not employ a licensed medical professional.


NIFLA argues the state law forces them to promote a procedure they morally oppose, violating the First Amendment. The state says it’s well within its right to protect women from being misled about the medical services provided by the pregnancy centers.


Court watchers say the case could set new limits on how far the government can go in regulating speech.


Trump’s travel ban


The last arguments the justices heard this term were a challenge to President Trump’s ban on nationals from certain Muslim-majority countries entering the United States.


A conservative majority of justices on the court seemed likely to rule in favor of the president, but court watchers are waiting to see how Trump’s statements on the campaign trail and in office play into their decision.


The challengers, led by the state of Hawaii, argue Trump’s remarks prove his ban is unconstitutionally rooted in an animus toward Muslim people.


But court watchers say the justices may decide not to reach the constitutionality question and rule that Trump has the statutory power to issue the travel ban as a matter of national security.




John Merlin submitted the following on May 9th:


“Ed” is a forty year resident of a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb who characteristically flies various flags from a pole on his property. Often it is the American flag and sometimes a “Steelers” or other flag. Recently, however, he hoisted a Confederate flag. That prompted neighbor Beth Bowles to contact a Pittsburgh television affiliate (WTAE) of ABC Broadcasting because she considered the flag hateful.


WTAE leapt like a $100 prostitute at a $1,000 offer to send a television crew to Ed’s house in order to shame him into taking it down. Ed explained his long-standing practice to alternate the flags he hoists. As for the “stainless banner” he flew Ed said, “It’s history. To me, it’s nothing about racism. It’s history.” The WTAE article never clarifies whether Ed had previously hoisted a Confederate flag.


When the WTAE news crew realized that Ed had little to say, they interviewed a next-door neighbor. They chose a black homeowner named Corey Harris who has lived next to Ed for years. Corey said the flags are not meant to be racist, and the owner [Ed] switches them out with a lot of different flags throughout the year. “This [Ed] is like my father. He has different flags he puts up, like the Steelers flag and Pirates flag,” Harris said.


I applaud Corey for thinking for himself instead of caving-in to politically correct pressures. Oooops, for social justice warriors Beth Bowles and WTAE.




Dear Sir:


Thank you for another informative news letter. I just wanted to comment of the “Conspiracy” to remove Our President. I served twenty-two years as a New York City Detective. My assignment included the Intelligence Division, and the Major Case Squad, Special Investigations Division.


In regards to the F.B.I., and the Comey, Mueller connection. Both are “ROUGES”, chronic liars who feel they are above the law. In addition to the Special Agent Peter Sorick, and his paramour the attorney who were exchanging e-mails regarding the President. These are people who have become out of control. As it stands today the F.B.I. is nothing more than a “Political Gestapo” for the “Deep State”. They have “Dropped the Ball” on many, many, major cases. I will give you some “facts”.


Meuller, as I stated is out of control. He broke broken laws, concocted evidence, lied to federal judges to obtain his ultimate results, with held vital information. Which would show that his commissions is nothing but a farce. His only objective is to removing our legally elected President for the “Deep State”. Mr. Meuller as a U.S, Attorney has a track record that shows his incompetence, and complete disregard for the rule of law. I will give you examples of just a few of his intentional or unprofessional actions in a few of his prosecutions’.


The Boston Organized Crime case against Whitey Bludger. He allowed this criminal to continue his crime wave, even after Buldger became a F.B.I. informant. The F.B.I. and Bludger’s “handler” were well aware of his continued involvement in criminal activities. It is alleged that besides his criminal enterprise continuing, even homicides were committed. Mr. Meuller had several person(s) indicted. Four men went to jail. Two died in jail, and the other two were eventually released.


My favorite is the ANTRAX case. Mueller agents, including himself targeted a chemist who was assigned to a U.S. Army laboratory outside of Washing D.C.. They were on his case for approximately seven (7) years. Under constant surveillance, and living under the microscope. This chemist had NO access to ANTRAX, nor did he have any thing to do with any ANTRAX experiments. Well, as the clock ticked, and millions of taxpayers’ dollars wasted. Mueller, and his crew decided to set a “new” suspect. This was another chemist in the same laboratory as suspect number one. Now remember this investigation was ongoing for seven years. Suspect number two just happened to be the chemist who had access to ANTRAX, and was fully engaged in studying ANTRAX . When he was advised that he was a “person of interest” by the F.B.I. he committed suicide. The original suspect number one, received MILLIONS of dollars in damages. Taxpayers money !!!!


There are several other cases that show the incompetence, of the F.B.I., and Mr. Mueller’s attitude. I would suggest he be fully investigated.


Here is a little something else to consider. Defence Attorney Lisa H. Barsoomian an attorney with a list of very interesting clients. She has defended Mueller three (3) times, Comey five (5) times, Obama forty-five (45) times, Hillary seventeen times (17), Mr. Bill forty (40) times. She also opposed the release of many F.O.I.L. (Freedom of Information Act) requests. Now here is the “Smoking Gun”. She is the Wife of ROD ROSENSTEIN !!


Det. AL Sheppard (Ret) NYPD-Major Case Squad “
Proud Great-Son of Pvt. Allen J. Shepherd
36th. Virginia Inf. Confederate States of America
Logan County “Wild Cats”




As a strategic tactic try to propose this to those trying to remove monuments using the following technique – tell them they cannot remove your monuments BUT they can have a park where they then can erect a statue so they can have their own “historically significant hero” on display for all to see.


When they come back with nothing it will show the vacuousness of their claims. Since they will start to argue among themselves and due to the fractionalized political horseshit that they wallow in will never be able to collectively come to agreement as to whom exactly is their hero.




I have suggested for years that we ask permission to remove the statues,etc ourselves, to privately owned acreage, build a fire proof .very tall and safe wall as an enclosure with a locked gate and sentry if deemed necessary.


This would protect the statues. Only members could get inside.


Inside the enclosure would be our statues and other memorabilia of our southern heritage.


Build a chapel where we can hold meetings and other approved social events, weddings, receptions etc. and add a visitors Center. This should be a 501C-3 endeavor. Our statues and other treasures would be safe, and owned by us and protected from then on and end the controversy once and for all.




Actually aside from being Confederate, Corey Stewart is regarded as a RINO Republican with little grassroots support. Ed Gillespie was a party-candidate with zero grassroots support. Conservatives are supporting Nick Freitas in this race.


by Al Benson, Jr.


Al Benson is the editor and publisher of the Copperhead Chronicle, and a regular contributor to Southern Patriot, The Patriotist, The Fire Eater, and the Sierra Times. He is a member of the Confederate Society of America, the League of the South; the Friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; and other patriotic groups.


On May 5th of this year many celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. You’d think from some of the articles I read, mostly on the internet, that Marx was a daring, bold economic visionary who had come up with a new economic system that proved to be a boon to mankind. Of course that’s the line today’s current crop of Marxist professors have been programmed to parrot. Unfortunately they parrot it to a whole batch of college students who, thanks to inadequate economic education at the high school level, really don’t have a clue and if the professor is good enough he can, as they say, “baffle them with his BS.”
Supposedly, Marx’s economic vision was put forth for the benefit of the poor working people. That that idea was a total charade has been proven by the millions of poor working people that have perished under various Marxist regimes around the world. Anyone who believes that hogwash truly has to have spiritual and economic blinders on.


Steve Byas, writing on https://www.thenewamerican.com for May 5th wrote: “While Marx is certainly a central figure in the history of communism, he was by no means the lone originator of communism. And his background demonstrates that communism did not spring from the toiling masses of the working class. The reality is that Marx, like almost all socialist revolutionaries, was a product of academia and self-proclaimed intellectual secret societies.” It has been reported that Marx didn’t write The Communist Manifesto on his own, but rather he wrote it for a group called The League of the Just (Illuminati) and his name does not even appear on the cover of the first edition.


Donnie Kennedy and I, in our book, Lincoln’s Marxists, noted that Charles A. Dana, managing editor of the New York Tribune hired Marx to write columns for the paper, which was owned and published by utopian socialist Horace Greeley. From 1851 to 1862 Marx contributed about 500 articles to Greeley’s paper-his associate Friedrich Engles probably wrote about a quarter of them. He was more well versed in English than Marx was, and besides, Marx was a bit on the lazy side. It seems, though, that he had no trouble taking pay for the articles Engels wrote.


Leopold Schwarzschild, in his book The Red Prussian published in 1947 by Charles Scribner’s Sons noted of Marx that: “In all this there was nothing to indicate that from now on collections, subscriptions and charity were to be this brilliant young man’s sole means of support. Nobody could have imagined it, and yet so it was. With the collections and subscriptions of 1844 he embarked on a life which was never again, in all the long decades, to have any other basis.” In other words, for all his supposed economic prowess, Marx and his family mostly lived on charity-and a lot of that came from his friend Engels.


Recently I ran across an article from 2010 on https://hubpages.com entitled Karl Marx Lived in Filth and Neglected His Children. The article observed that: “When an educated man chooses to live in poverty , and raise his children in poverty, that is abuse. When Marx and his wife and children were living in London, a visitor wrote a description of their lifestyle in their 3-room flat. Not only did the Marx children have to endure the hunger of poverty, they were raised in filth, or what his friend described as ‘a pig-sty’….Both Marx and his wife came from comfortable homes, hers more prominent. Her father was a Prussian baron. And she, Jenny, was an educated woman when she married Marx. Together they had seven children. Four of those children died young. Only three survived to achieve adulthood. Every biography of Marx reports that his four children who died young died because of the poverty they had to endure…Marx occasionally wrote articles for newspapers and he wrote his long papers and books full of his philosophies about the ‘struggle’ of workers, but he never worked a day in his life”


He also fathered an illegitimate son, but you don’t hear much about that little indiscretion. The hub pages article observed, in closing, that “By any standard, Marx’ life was a failure, as a husband, as a father, as a provider.” But, hey, Marx didn’t have time for any of that bourgeois stuff. He and his fellow socialist revolutionaries/terrorists had an agenda to push onto the world. They just didn’t have any time available for being good fathers and good providers and good husbands. That was for the plebes, not them. They were above all that!


So all those useful idiots that want to enthuse over Karl Marx should take a step back and realize that, when push came to shove, Marx was little more than just another Deadbeat Dad!




Billy Bearden reports that the DeKalb County Commission is now considering action which will have a massive impact on Confederate monuments and memorials across Georgia.


Having already voted to relocate the Confederate Memorial Obelisk which has stood on the Historic Decatur Square for over a century, the DeKalb County Commission is now considering new locations for the obelisk. If their efforts are successful, they will establish a precedent whereby any Confederate memorial or monument could be arbitrarily moved by local authorities, despite existing Georgia state laws intended to protect these monuments and memorials.


Please contact the DeKalb County Commission and share your views on this matter; it is especially important that they hear from DeKalb County residents, but this action would impact all Georgians so do not hesitate to share your views.


Please be courteous, but firm: as Robert E. Lee said, “We have but one rule here, and it is that every student must be a gentleman.”


District Commissioners’ Contact Information:


District 1: Nancy Jester

District 2: Jeff Rader

District 3: Larry Johnson

District 4: Steve Bradshaw

*District 5: Mereda Davis Johnson

District 6: Kathie Gannon

District 7: Gregory Adams


by James W. King


James W. King is the Commander of Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp # 141 in Albany, Georgia


From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.


A Grand Jury had been empaneled.


Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity.”


Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared.


Hmmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.


Guess who took over this investigation in 2002?


Bet you can’t guess.


No other than James “Wassup Homey” Comey.


Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?


Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS?


Your friend and mine, our favorite person in the whole world if you are a Tea Party Member, Pro-Life or a True the Vote supporter……. ding, ding, ding, ding Lois “Be on The Look Out” (BOLO) Lerner.


Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?


It gets better, well not really, but I am sure this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?


Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005?


No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.


Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?


Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this timeframe???


I know, it’s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, Robert Mueller.


What do all four casting characters have in common?


They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.


Now that’s just a coincidence, right?


Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.


Let’s fast forward to 2009, shall we?


James “Wassup Homey” Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.


Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.


The Uranium One “issue” comes to the attention of the Hildabeast.


Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America’s best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to no other than, the Russians.


Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn’t, the People got absolutely nothing out of it.


However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Arkansas Bill goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours.


Ok, no big deal right?


Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.


Guess who was the FBI Director during this timeframe?


Yep, Robert Mueller.


He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.


Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland.


No other than, Rod Rosenstein.


Guess what happened to the informant?


The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.


Interesting, huh?


How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?


Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved?


~145 million dollars in “donations” made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.


Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division?


No other than, Lois “BOLO” Lerner.


Interesting, huh?


Ok, that’s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?


Let’s fast forward to 2015.


Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 “investigations” the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that the Hildabeast ran the State Department on a unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server.


He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her “Public Service” as Secretary of State which was required by law.


He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.


I will spare you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this…… they did everything humanly possible to cover for the Hildabeast.


Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013?


Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer.


No other than James “Wassup Homey” Comey.


Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at State, huh?


Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the “Clinton Email Investigation” after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner “Matter” at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.


Nope couldn’t find any crimes there.


Can you guess what happened next?


In April 2016, James “Wassup Homey” Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.


They didn’t even convene a Grand Jury.


Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true “Gangsta” Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hildabeast from any wrongdoing.


Can you see the pattern?


I could go on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.


FISA Abuse, political espionage….. pick a crime, any crime, chances are…… this group and a few others did it.


All the same players.


All compromised and conflicted.


All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.


All connected in one way or another to the Clinton’s.


They are like battery acid, they corrode and corrupt everything they touch.


How many lives have these two destroyed?


It cannot be numbered.


Incest, it’s Incestuous


Puritans, part 2: New England Pharisees
by Dissident Mama


Rebecca is a truth warrior, wife, boymom, and apologetics practitioner for Orthodox Christianity, the Southern tradition, homeschooling, and liberty. A recovering feminist-socialist-atheist and retired mainstream journalist turned domesticated belle and rabble-rousing rhetorician. A mama who’s adept at triggering statists, so she’s going to bang as loudly as she can.


“Religion, taking every mortal form
But that pure and Christian faith makes warm,
Where not to vile fanatic passion urged,
Or not in vague philosophies submerged,
Repulsive with all Pharisaic leaven,
And making laws to stay the laws of Heaven!”


– From “Ethnogenesis,” by Henry Timrod


South Carolinian Henry Timrod penned these words in February 1861 at the meeting of the First Confederate Congress at Montgomery, Alabama. Many regarded Timrod as the “poet laureate” of the Confederacy because his evocative works potently blended lyrical composition with patriotism for his nation, the South.


In “Ethnogenesis,” this teacher, tutor, and devout Anglican boldly describes a people who self-proclaim superior sanctity and feel divinely ordained to impose their will by force, drawing the comparison of the ancient Pharisees to Yankees. But just exactly how did they get there? I began heading down this historical rabbit hole in Puritans, part 1: Coming to America, so let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?


“The Hebrew Republic”


Just as the Pharisees were once “separated ones,” New England Pilgrims originally cloistered themselves in an effort to promote and protect their stringent definitions of piety. The Pharisees were preservers of pure Mosaic law, the Puritans too were steeped in strict rules and draconian enforcement thereof. In fact, instead of embracing the New Covenant of Jesus fulfilling the Law, the Pilgrims were steeped in legalism while trying to institute a “Christian Israel” in Massachusetts.


According to Jewish scholar Dr. David Ariel, “the early New England Puritans saw … King Charles I as Pharaoh, the Atlantic Ocean as the Red Sea, America as the Promised Land, and Boston as the new Jerusalem.” With its roots in Renaissance humanism, this Christian Hebraism was seen as the cornerstone for creating a new society based upon social and economic ideals of the Hebrew Bible.


In fact in 1636, John Cotton, the central theologian and minister of Massachusetts Bay Colony, drafted “Moses, His Judicials” at the behest of colony magistrates. His writings became the basis for Massachusetts’ first legal code and modeled its provisions solely on Hebrew Scripture’s vision for a faith-based polity and society.


John Cotton’s grandson Cotton Mather, who was a dominant Puritan minister and author in his own right, “quoted widely from the entire canon of Hebrew literature including the Hebrew Bible, Talmud, Midrash, Rashi, Maimonides, Nachmanides, and Zohar,” wrote Ariel. Mather “was even reported to have started wearing a skullcap at home and calling himself ‘rabbi.'”


John Bunyan’s influential “Pilgrim’s Progress” was filled with the Scriptural hermeneutics of abandoning the formality, liturgy, and confessionalism of high-church Christianity, and promoting works and salvation through sincerity and what the Pilgrims called a new “pure” faith. Yet, the Puritans weren’t really progressing or reforming.


Rather, they were recycling – trading 1,600-year-old Christian history and traditions for those of the ancient Hebrews. It’s almost as if the Puritans were just reinventing themselves as Judaizers to whom the Apostle Paul wrote the entire New Testament book of “Galatians” as a way to correct this heresy of the early Church.


A sectional divide only deepened


Thirty-five years after the English settled in Jamestown and 22 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, the English Civil Wars were unfolding back across the Atlantic. It was a complicated series of battles between Parliamentarians (a.k.a. “Roundheads”) and Royalists (“Cavaliers”).


These wars were chiefly over the form and function of how the kingdoms of England, Ireland, and Scotland should be governed. And with the grueling 11-year power struggles obviously came religious clashes, most notably for England an intense face-off between the pro-crown Anglicans and pro-parliament Puritans.


In fact, some historians call the English Civil Wars the “Puritan Revolution.” And Oliver Cromwell – the Roundhead political and military leader who was “1st Lord Protector of the Commonwealth” during the short-lived republican governance of the British Isles – came to be known as the Puritan Moses.


Obviously, these English conflicts had ripple effects for the colonies in America. The New England Puritans were staunch parliamentarians, while Virginians were solidly royalists, further widening the manifest ideological and religious divide that already existed between Northern and Southern colonists.


Many Royalist gentry flocked to Virginia during the Cromwell Protectorate in an effort to escape “entail and primogeniture” (a system in which only the first-born son gets all the land of the father), growing the cavalier population and strengthening the colony’s already distinct culture. Virginia was so devoted to the crown that when the English monarchy was restored in 1660, King Charles II called her the “Old Dominion” as thanks.


Massachusetts domination


By this time, New Sweden, the Swedish Colony along the Delaware Valley, had been defeated by the Dutch Republic. And by 1674, the First Anglo-Dutch War had come to an end with the English finally triumphing over New Netherland, the Dutch colony along the Hudson River Valley, putting the Puritans in a powerful position.


Yet, the Puritans could barely get along with one another. Their New England Confederation was formed in 1643 to strengthen the military alliances between the Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, New Haven, and Connecticut colonies in order to defend against Native Americans in the Pequot War, as well as against the the Dutch and the French.


But it was a contentious and short-lived compact, brimming with infighting and power struggles, proving Pilgrims’ intolerance of even their fellow Puritans. “The sense that one had special instructions from God made individuals less amenable to moderation and compromise, or to reason itself,” explained historian Dr. Ned Landsman.


Still, Puritanism was winning big, especially for Massachusetts. It’s legal code and Hebraic ethos was spreading throughout great expenses of the North, while Cavalier culture was simultaneously flourishing in the Southern colonies of Virginia and now Carolina. The seeds of sectional discontent and puritanical progressivism were already being sewn.


Moreover, “The experience of the Puritan colonies in the joint aggression against the Pequots added to the continuing drive of Massachusetts Bay for domination over its neighbors,” wrote economist and historian Dr. Murray N. Rothbard in “Conceived In Liberty.” And this arrogant vision would only continue to grow despite its rootlessness and chaotic nature.


Theocracy unbound


February 1692-May 1693 brought on the the Antinomian Controversy and its subsequent Salem Witch Trials. Pilgrims like Anne Hutchinson believed that the doctrine of predestination offered Christians “Free Grace,” so the rigid enforcement of proper Puritan conduct wasn’t necessary.


“If God has predetermined for me salvation or damnation, how could any behavior of mine change my fate?” she asked. The allegedly anti-hierarchical Pilgrim authorities weren’t too keen on such disunity and dissenting views on Puritanism.


The trials took place under the direction of Cotton Mather. Because of the clergy’s dominance in these small, church-centered enclaves that comprised Massachusetts, ministers held the power of arresting people and administering their trials, and Hutchinson found herself banished from the colony.


Then-governor of Massachusetts, Sir William Phips, created the Court of Oyer and Terminer to handle the trials since their was no high court yet in the colony. Only a year before in 1691 had the colony even gotten a renewed charter from William and Mary, creating the Province of Massachusetts. King James II had revoked the colony’s previous royal charter due in large part to Massachusetts’ harsh intolerance of Anglicans.


It wasn’t until Phips’ wife was accused of witchcraft that the legal hysteria ceased, but that wasn’t before about 20 people and two dogs had been executed and some folks like Hutchinson had been cast out from the colony. Some historians claim that the conclusion of these religiously extreme trials marked an end to theocracrtic Puritan rule.


But I would argue that this was just the beginning. Just like the Pharisees, whose influence became only second to that of the Roman governor, the legalistic roots of the Puritans easily transitioned these once God-focused outsiders founding a ‘Christian Israel’ into godless and powerful insiders hellbent on creating an irreligious Promised Land.


More Orwellian than Christian


This “pure” faith bent to the world, instead of holding it at bay. However, it was precisely the Puritans’ religious asceticism that led them to this place.


They sought Hebraic emulation, yet they were hostile to ritual discipline, and void of tradition and history. Thus, Puritanism was innately defenseless against schism, much less humanism, secularism, and modernity. It was hardwired to fail, but only in a religious sense.


Politically and socially, Puritans realized that a progressive heaven on earth could more easily be attained through imposing man’s laws on everyone everywhere, using urgent moralistic talk void of Jesus but done with all the “vile fanatic passion” of Cotton Mather. Totalitarianism and emotion indeed comprise the Northern zeitgeist.


Moralizing busybody. Meddlesome. Irksome. Intolerant. Coercive. Holier than thou. The Yankee was born of such Puritan stock and sensibility. And as Christianity was cast to the periphery of society, the self-righteous Puritan ideals remained internalized within the Yankee people and was embedded in the growing body politic.


Progressive secularism became their new religion, and resistance is futile, they say. All will convert or submit, or suffer their wrath.


The Pharisees called Jesus a deceiver, a blasphemer, and a friend to the prince of demons. Likewise, anyone who wasn’t (or isn’t) fully in line with their ever-changing but always stringent Puritanical rules might be castigated a witch, sub-human Southern scum, a traitor, or a Nazi. You might even get jailed … or killed.


But hey, you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet. The ignorant masses need saving after all, and the religious “reformers” and social transformers are up to the task. You might call it dystopian cultural hegemony, but the New England Pharisees call it the “greater good.”


Until Next Week,
Deo Vindice!
Chaplain Ed


Dixie Heritage
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